Bright v. Arkansas Insurance Department
ORDER DISMISSING CASE without prejudice for lack of subject matter jurisdiction as diversity jurisdiction is lacking. Signed by Judge Susan Webber Wright on 10/29/12. (kpr)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
DEPARTMENT, Public Employee
Pro se Plaintiff Melanie Bright brings this action against Defendant Arkansas
Insurance Department, Public Employee Claims Division, alleging that Defendant failed
to pay her medical expenses and to offer her a settlement for a Worker’s Compensation
claim dated July 25, 2008. She states she asked the claims manager for Defendant “for a
settlement regarding this case around November 2009 over the phone while visiting my
therapist” but that he said “a settlement didn’t apply to me.” Plaintiff goes on to allege
that she has “called and written statement for medical payment” but that “nothing’s been
payed as of today.”
The Court has carefully considered the matter and must dismiss this action for lack
of subject matter jurisdiction as diversity jurisdiction is lacking, see 28 U.S.C. § 1332(a),
and Plaintiff alleges no viable basis for federal-question jurisdiction, see 28 U.S.C. §
1331; Ashcroft v. Iqbal, 556 U.S. 662, 678 (2009) (threadbare recitals of elements of
cause of action supported by mere conclusory statements are not entitled to assumption of
truth).1 Rather, Plaintiff may file her action in the appropriate state court.2
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that this action be, and it hereby is, dismissed
without prejudice. Judgment will be entered accordingly.
Dated this 29th day of October 2012.
/s/Susan Webber Wright
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
Federal court diversity jurisdiction of state law claims requires an amount in
controversy greater than $75,000 and complete diversity of citizenship among the litigants.
OnePoint Solutions, LLC v. Borchert, 486 F.3d 342, 346 (8th Cir. 2007) (citing 28 U.S.C. §
1332(a)). Complete diversity of citizenship exists where no defendant holds citizenship in the
same state where any plaintiff holds citizenship. Id. Federal question jurisdiction requires that
the action arise “under the Constitution, laws, or treaties of the United States.” Hull v. Fallon,
188 F.3d 939, 942 (8th Cir. 1999) (quoting 28 U.S.C. § 1331). Generally, an action arises under
federal law only if issues of federal law are raised in the plaintiff’s well-pleaded complaint. Id.
Plaintiff’s motions to proceed in forma pauperis [doc.#1] and for the appointment of
counsel [doc.#3] are denied as moot.
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